Mind’s Ambassadors support our President by promoting our work as widely as possible and encouraging more people to support Mind. They are committed to our cause and to raising awareness of mental health problems.
Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as Tony Blair’s Director of Communications.
He has written and talked extensively about his experience of depression, creating a BBC documentary entitled Cracking Up that dealt with his breakdown. His books and both deal with mental health issues.
A relentless campaigner against mental health stigma, particularly for , Alastair won the 2009 Mind Champion of the Year award in a public vote.
Phillips Idowu is an international triple jumper who has represented Britain and England at the highest level.
He has won gold medals at the World, World Indoor, European, European Indoor and Commonwealth Championships, as well as winning silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Phillips supports Mind’s fundraising work, particularly our running events, and has also supported Time to Change, attending their Get Moving events on World Mental Health Day.
Ruby Wax is a comedian, actress, writer and presenter best known for her BBC series Ruby Wax Meets.
She has been vocal about her history of depression, creating an autobiographical stage show, , about her experiences. After touring the show for free to mental health hospitals, Losing It played to sold-out audiences in London while her forums, open sessions where people could talk with Ruby and other experts about their mental health, proved to be a huge hit.
Stuart Semple is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists, who has exhibited all over the world.
After a traumatic near death experience following a sudden allergic reaction in his teens, Stuart was left with a severe anxiety and eating disorder. His experience of the therapeutic power of creating art led Stuart to start up a new fund that will allow local Minds to provide creative therapies. He launched this with a huge art exhibition and fundraiser entitled , that featured work by artists including The Chapman Brothers, Tracey Emin and Sebastian Horsely.
Frankie Sandford is a member of girl band, The Saturdays.
Frankie is Mind's youngest ambassador and has chosen to support Mind after opening up about her experiences of anxiety, depression and panic attacks in May 2012. Having initially dealt with these issues in silence, Frankie is keen to support us in making sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Denise Welch is a British actress and presenter.
She first experienced post-natal depression, following the birth of her eldest son, then battled episodes of severe depression over 24 years. She now talks very openly about her process of recovery, the significant role loved ones play in helping her to stay well, and the urgent need to stamp out the stigma that continues to surround mental health problems.
Anna Williamson is a TV presenter.
Anna is regularly on our screens on Daybreak, This Morning and Nickelodeon and is the most recent celebrity to join the ambassador team.
She experienced anxiety and panic attacks for many years and, having been through the daunting process of seeking help herself, hopes to encourage others to do the same.